The arrival of the 2011 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan in U.S. showrooms is starting to become a bit of a running joke, with the company announcing tentative release date after tentative release date only to retract it when the deadline is not met.
This has now been going on for more than a year, with the latest announcement concerning Fisker Karma deliveries in the U.S. stating that it will occur next month.
The information was revealed by Roger Ormisher, Fisker’s director of global communications, who spoke recently with our sister site GreenCarReports. He said that the "first dealer [demonstration vehicles] and customer cars will arrive on these shores in July."
In Fisker’s defense, the company is just a startup but has embarked on the ambitious journey to launch a ‘true’ range-extended electric vehicle, a feat no other major automaker--including giants like Toyota and GM--has achieved to date. You’ll note that we’re not including the Chevrolet Volt here since its internal combustion engine does in fact help turn its wheels in some situations.
Additionally, the Karma will also come packing an output of 408 horsepower and 959 pound-feet of torque, 0-60 times of just 5.8 seconds, an electric only driving range of 50 miles, and one of the best looking designs of any new sedan on sale today.
The 2011 Fisker Karma is being assembled by independent vehicle manufacturer Valmet in Finland. Annual volume is anticipated to reach 15,000 cars, with half of these expected to be sold in Europe. Pricing in the U.S. is set at $95,900.
For full details on the car, and its advanced ‘Q-Drive’ technology, click here.